Perched atop a slope above a natural canyon, Bonnie Hill, an elongated modern home, cuts a striking contrast against Los Angeles’s preserved landscape of native oaks and chaparral covers. Overlooking the Angeles National Forest and Hollywood Sign, the 3,000-square-foot home by Standard Architecture presents as a wall of full-length white stucco that rises from the grade on the public-facing road side. On the other end, the walls are almost absent, as the cantilevered concrete roof hangs over the canyon. Housed within the sharply lined residence is a calm respite from the city that doubles as a home and office.
The minimal yet striking sculpture of the home was largely determined by the many constraints of its locale. “It was a really challenging site to work on,” Jeffrey Allsbrook, architect and copartner of Standard Architecture, told AN. “There was an existing home there which was not slipping, but kind of sinking into the ground.” This required remedial soil work which led the team to place a concrete table underneath the residence that sits atop more concrete piles. The tables lended itself to designing the home as a linear, ranch-like floor plan that runs parallel to the street.
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